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Evidence heard in alleged homicide of Holmen man

Brad Williams

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A man was found dead in the snow, with multiple injuries, on this day two years ago, outside his house in Holmen. 

Mark Phillips’s wife Lori is accused of reckless homicide, possibly having hit Mark with a pickup truck after a fight.  

Sheriff’s investigators have testified in La Crosse County court in the case against Mrs. Phillips, who’s still awaiting trial.  Lori Phillips says she thinks Mark died accidentally, perhaps falling down while trying to pursue her.

La Crosse County investigator Fritz Leinfelder says when he responded to the scene that February day in 2019, he did not form an opinion about whether Lori caused the death, even though he arranged for an autopsy on Mark Phillips, because it appeared the deceased had been hit by a vehicle or thrown onto the snow.

Judge Elliott Levine will hear more testimony in the case in March, and could rule then on pre-trial motions about evidence.   

   

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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